Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act became effective January 1, 2010. The act prohibits health coverage discrimination and employment discrimination against employees based on their (or their family members’) genetic information.

Genetic Information Includes:

  • Genetic tests;
  • The request for, or receipt of, genetic counseling or other genetic services; and,
  • The manifestation of a disease or disorder in an individual’s family member.

The availability of genetic testing and results of any genetic testing you undergo will be treated as confidential, as required by HIPAA and GINA. Likewise, genetic information collected about family history – such as through a Health Risk Assessment (HRA) – will be treated as confidential, as required by HIPAA and GINA.